Today, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to examine oil and gas pipeline infrastructure and the economic, safety, environmental, permitting, construction, and maintenance considerations associated with that infrastructure.
Witness testimony included Sean McGarvey, president of North America’s Building Trades Unions, who explained:
“In any successful organization, labor or otherwise, being the best means setting high standards and maintaining and exceeding those standards. We harbor no illusions that our success is predicated on anything other than delivering the safest, most highly-trained and productive skilled craft workforce found anywhere in the world.
Our rank and file members and our signatory contractors collectively fund, to the tune of roughly one billion dollars a year, a nationwide network of 1,600 local joint labor-management apprenticeship training programs, or JATCs. They are regulated by the Department of Labor or State Apprenticeship councils and they are governed by a Board of Trustees made-up of equal numbers of contractors and labor representatives.
“If the Building Trades training system, which includes both apprentice-level and journeyman-level training, was a degree granting college or university, it would be the largest degree granting college or university in the United States — over 5 times larger than Arizona State University.”
Watch the hearing, and read additional witness testimony here.